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SVH Receives High Marks from Consumers’ Checkbook Publication

A recent survey taken by Consumers’ Checkbook—a nonprofit research organization based in Washington D.C. affiliated with Consumers Union, the publishers of Consumers Report—gave Simi Valley Hospital high marks for hospital outcomes related to medical cases and surgical cases.

Simi Valley Tops Regional Hospital Rankings
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Entitled Consumers’ Guide to Hospitals, the 360 page publication compares 4,500 hospitals nationwide on death rates from Medicare patients, estimated rates of complications, physician ratings, evaluations from independent inspectors (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations) and ongoing training programs the hospitals provide for physicians.

“Our objective is to deliver quality care and the results of these quality indicators are reflective of our ongoing commitment to our patients,” said Margaret Peterson, President and CEO of Simi Valley Hospital. “Our physicians, nurses and staff always go the extra mile to provide our patients the best possible care and service.”

The guide groups hospitals into geographical areas and then grades them by hospital outcomes related to death rates (death and complication rates were risk-adjusted to take into account that some hospitals care for patients who are more sick or frail than the patients of other hospitals.

Hospital’s surveyed will receive one of two grades: Better than Average (*) or Worse than Average (X). Areas were also marked with a slash () if not enough data was compiled or left blank if the area was “neither better nor worse” than average.

Based on 1,670 cases, Simi Valley received Better than Average marks (*) in the following areas: All Selected Cases, All Selected Medical Cases, Congestive Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Respiratory Failure and Arrest, Septicemia, Stroke, and Fluid, Electrolyte, & Acid Based Disorders.

Posted 7/15/02